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Community Outreach

The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to maintaining an active dialogue with all of the diverse communities that call the Eastern District of California their home.  The United States Attorney and other members of the Office regularly speak at and attend community forums and events. Recent examples include meetings with: the Susanville Indian Rancheria; the Hmong communities in South Sacramento and Fresno; Muslim communities in Bakersfield, Fresno, and Vallejo; and with Sikh communities in Anderson, Fresno, and Stockton.  The Office also hosts meetings of task forces on hate crimes, prescription drug abuse, and many other issues of concern to our community.

Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Beckwith directs our outreach efforts from our Sacramento Office, and Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of our Fresno office, Kirk Sherriff, spearheads our outreach efforts from our Fresno Office.  Among the efforts each will direct is our initiative to implement an operational plan that addresses the public safety concerns of the 43 Native American Tribes within the Eastern District of California. Beckwith, Sherriff and other members of the U.S. Attorney's Office staff are available to participate in a wide variety of public safety initiatives to include: Project Safe Childhood (and our outreach presentations to youth, parents and schools on the topic of internet safety and cyber-bullying); outreach on the dangers of  prescription drug abuse; and our Hate Crimes Task Force.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to the education of our youth, and staff members are available to participate in Mock Trial Programs, such as the California High School Mock Trial Competition.   

Should you have a question about, or wish to participate in any one of our outreach efforts please contact Community Outreach Specialist Sean Vassar, at: (916) 554-2907.

Current Events


What's happening in and around the EDCA. Here you will find photos of events, awards, and programs involving our district offices.

U.S. Attorney Talbert speaks to Northern Hispanic Latino Coalition Members

U.S. Attorney Talbert speaks to members of the Northern Hispanic Latino Coalition during a meet and greet on October 12, 2016.

 
October 6, 2016, Hate Crime Task Force Meeting

U.S. Attorney Talbert, joined by Sacramento Police Chief Somers, Sacramento District Attorney Schubert, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Brejie, and Chief Division Council for the FBI Wandel, hosts a panel discussion covering the policies and procedures involved in the review and investigation of officer involved shootings, before a diverse group of Hate Crime Task Force Members.

Find out more about the Greater Sacramento Area Task Force on Hate Crime.

FBI Roseville Opening

U.S. Attorney Talbert and members of his staff pictured with FBI Director James Comey at a dedication ceremony marking the opening of the new FBI Headquarters Building in Roseville, October 11, 2016.

Waking in Oak Creek 2016

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert welcomes guests to the Waking in Oak Creek Community Event, CSU Fresno - On September 14, 2016, over 500 community partners, neighbors and concerned citizens joined together with law enforcement executives for a screening of the film Waking in Oak Creek, and panel discussion of ways the community and law enforcement can work together to create a united front against hate.

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert and members of his staff enjoy a visit with members of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, September 14, 2016.

National Night Out 2016

#NationalNightOut was a huge success! Thank you to our neighbors, community partners and friends for welcoming us at these important events. In total, representatives from the Eastern District attended over 20 events in the Sacramento, Elk Grove and Fresno areas.

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert at Combating Religious Discrimination Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert participates in the final roundtable discussion in the Combating Religious Discrimination Series, hosted by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Washington, D.C.

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert with Visiting Korean Judge Delegation

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert hosts a group of judges visiting from Korea as part of a visiting scholar program, June 9, 2016.

Pulse Nightclub Vigil

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert speaks at an interfaith vigil at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento, in support of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. #SacStandsWithOrlando

Masjid Umar Farooq Vist

On Friday April 15 US Attorney Wagner and members of his staff traveled to Masjid Umar Farooq in Stockton to talk with congregants about issues of mutual concern like hate crimes, discrimination, and building stronger law enforcement community relations. ‪#‎StandUpToBacklash‬

U.S. Attorney Talbert at Stanford Roundtable on Religious Discrimination in Education

On May 16, 2016, U.S. Attorney Talbert participated in a half-day roundtable discussion at Stanford University, aimed at identifying short and long-term goals on how the federal government can better address the problem of religious-based harassment and discrimination in schools, colleges, and universities.

On February 27, 2016, The United States Attorney's Office participated in a community building event hosted by the SALAM Islamic Center in Sacramento - the daylong event drew around 80 members of the Muslim Community from the Sacramento area for a series

On February 27, 2016, The United States Attorney's Office participated in a community building event hosted by the SALAM Islamic Center in Sacramento - the daylong event drew around 80 members of the Muslim Community from the Sacramento area for a series of presentations covering topics like career paths in government and law enforcement, online safety, prescription drug abuse, community resilience, and the civil rights enforcement efforts of The United States Department of Justice

 

Stand Up To Anti-Muslim and Sikh Backlash Nationwide Event

As part of a national effort to combat backlash crimes against Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans, the Eastern District of California hosted a roundtable discussion that involved community leaders and senior law enforcement officials. The meeting, one of 14 events taking place in 11 federal judicial districts across the United States, was designed to build on the Justice Department's work in countering post-September 11 backlash, as well as its outreach efforts. ‪#‎StandUpToBacklash‬

On January 8, 2016, US Attorney Wagner and members of his staff traveled to the Islamic Center of Merced, and later that day to the Madera Islamic Center, to speak to congregants about matters of interest to the Muslim Community

On January 8, 2016, US Attorney Wagner and members of his staff traveled to the Islamic Center of Merced, and later that day to the Madera Islamic Center, to speak to congregants about matters of interest to the Muslim Community

On February 22, 2015, US Attorney Wagner met with Mexican Consul General Alejandra Garcia Williams to discuss opportunities to collaborate on issues of concern for the Latino Community, such as ‪human trafficking‬, fraud and discrimination

On February 22, 2015, US Attorney Wagner met with Mexican Consul General Alejandra Garcia Williams to discuss opportunities to collaborate on issues of concern for the Latino Community, such as ‪human trafficking, fraud and discrimination

On November 13, 2015, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Talbert joined representatives from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Yolo County Counsel and public interest law firms at the UC Davis School of Law, for a reception for new lawyers

On November 13, 2015, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Talbert joined representatives from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Yolo County Counsel and public interest law firms at the UC Davis School of Law, for a reception for new lawyers and students seeking to pursue a career in public service

The weekend of December 19, 2015, US Attorney Wagner joined community leaders at two events in support of peace and unity in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino.

The weekend of December 19, 2015, US Attorney Wagner joined community leaders at two events in support of peace and unity in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino

 

U.S. Attorney Wagner speaks to local youth about the dangers of being a bully, and the importance of not being a bystander, at the third annual “Stand Up, Speak Out” ‪anti-bullying‬ event at the Capital, October 28, 2015

U.S. Attorney Wagner speaks to local youth about the dangers of being a bully, and the importance of not being a bystander, at the third annual “Stand Up, Speak Out” ‪anti-bullying‬ event at the Capital, October 28, 2015

November 2, 2015, Fresno Office Chief Mark Cullers joined law enforcement partners and religious leaders at an “ISIS v. Islam” panel discussion sponsored by the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, and held at the Cornerstone Community Church, Fresno

November 2, 2015, Fresno Office Chief Mark Cullers joined law enforcement partners and religious leaders at an “ISIS v. Islam” panel discussion sponsored by the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, and held at the Cornerstone Community Church, Fresno

On September 23, 2015, the Eastern District of California welcomed approximately 120 community members from the greater Stockton area to the University of the Pacific for a screening of “Waking in Oak Creek,” a documentary that profiles the Sikh Community

On September 23, 2015, the Eastern District of California welcomed approximately 120 community members from the greater Stockton area to the University of the Pacific for a screening of “Waking in Oak Creek,” a documentary that profiles the Sikh Community’s empowering and non-violent response to the 2012 shootings at the Oak Creek Gurdwara. Following the screening, US Attorney Wagner facilitated a panel discussion on ways in which law enforcement and the community can work together to create a united front against hate. This community building and hate crime awareness event was planned in partnership with the Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, the Stockton Gurdwara Sahib, University of the Pacific and the FBI

On October 17, 2015, the US Attorney’s Office and California Office of Emergency Services joined federal, state and local law enforcement partners, and representatives of the greater-Fresno area Muslim Community at a Community Resilience Exercise held at

On October 17, 2015, the US Attorney’s Office and California Office of Emergency Services joined federal, state and local law enforcement partners, and representatives of the greater-Fresno area Muslim Community at a Community Resilience Exercise held at California State University, Fresno, as part of a mutual effort to strengthen ties and build community resilience.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Attorney Wagner speaks to members of the Islamic Center of Davis during an afternoon visit - thank you to our gracious hosts

U.S. Attorney Wagner speaks to members of the Islamic Center of Davis during an afternoon visit - thank you to our gracious hosts! July 24, 2015

On August 5, 2015, representatives from the US Attorney's Office teamed up with the Sacramento Police Department, Fresno Police Department and FBI to attend over 30 ‪‎National Night Out‬ events in the greater Sacramento and Fresno areas

On August 5, 2015, representatives from the US Attorney's Office teamed up with the Sacramento and Fresno Police Departments and the FBI to attend over 30 ‪‎National Night Out events in the greater Sacramento and Fresno areas

Picture - Fresno Chief Cullers, and representatives of the Fresno Office of the U.S. Attorney, with Hmong Community Elders during a visit to the Fresno US Attorney’s Office on June 2, 2015

Fresno Chief Cullers, and representatives of the Fresno Office of the U.S. Attorney, with Hmong Community Elders during a visit to the Fresno US Attorney’s Office on June 2, 2015

Picture - U.S. Attorney Wagner delivers the keynote address at the Elk Grove Police Department’s First Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ball at the Aerospace Museum at McClellan Park

U.S. Attorney Wagner delivers the keynote address at the Elk Grove Police Department’s First Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ball at the Aerospace Museum at McClellan Park, May 26, 2015

Picture - Fresno Chief Cullers, and representatives of the Fresno Office of the U.S. Attorney, with Hmong Community Elders during a visit to the Fresno US Attorney’s Office on June 2, 2015

U.S. Attorney Wagner and Fresno Office Chief Cullers participate in a Friendship and Reconciliation Ceremony organized by the Hmong American Ad Hoc Committee and Healthy House Merced, May 17, 2015
 

U.S. Attorney Wagner welcomes guests to a sold out commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the passage of the landmark Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, April 2, 2015
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Human Trafficking Training Picture

U.S. Attorney Wagner welcomes guests to a Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Awareness Training, hosted in partnership with the California Attorney General’s Office, on March 13, 2015

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Fresno Office Chief Mark Cullers meets with Hmong Community elders prior to appearing on Asian Broadcasting Channel 27.5, on
March 3, 2015

U.S. Attorney Wagner and Community Outreach Specialist Sean Vassar meet with representatives of the Vallejo Chapter of the NAACP

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U.S. Attorney Wagner welcomes guests to "Community Resilience Exercise" hosted with the California Office of Emergency Services, on February 21, 2015

Members of the Greater Sacramento Area Task Force on Hate Crime after a task force meeting on October 29th, 2014

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U.S. Attorney Wagner welcomes guests to the second annual "Stand Up Speak Out" Youth Rally Against Bullying on October 11, 2014

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Hobler and Community Outreach Specialist Vassar with Sacramento
Police Sergeant Taylor and Sacramento
Police Officer Johnson at the
2014 "Kops n' Kids" youth summer camp

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U.S. Attorney Wagner and Community
Outreach Specialist Vassar attend an Iftar
dinner at Masjid As-Sabur on July 18, 2014.
Photo by Aleem Shabazz

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U.S. Attorney Wagner speaks to students and educators from throughout the central valley, at an anti-bullying event held at Chukchansi Park in partnership with the Fresno Grizzlies. May 7, 2014

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U.S. Attorney Wagner meets with members of the Islamic Center of Manteca on June 6, 2014

 

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Representatives of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from the Eastern District of California attend a symposium on aircraft laser strikes, coordinated by the Fresno Office of the U.S. Attorney on March 25, 2014

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U.S. Attorney Wagner and First AUSA Talbert meet with representatives of Centro La Familia and Univision to discuss human trafficking and other issues of concern for the Latino community on March 27, 2014

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U.S. Attorney Wagner announces indictment of illegal firearms traffickers, February 27, 2014

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U.S. Attorney Wagner hosts Muslim students for a visit to the United States Attorney's Office and Federal Court on March 3, 2014

Picture Ben Wagner annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Event

U.S. Attorney Wagner welcomes guests to the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Event, January 11, 2014

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U.S. Attorney Wagner meets with members of the Elk Grove Muslim Community and Youth Center on January 17, 2014

U.S. Attorney Wagner with Fresno Police Chief Dyer, accepting the Fresno Division’s 2013 Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency Award for his Department’s work addressing gang and gun violence

U.S. Attorney Wagner and Bakersfield Police Officer Paul Yoon, who received the Fresno Division’s 2013 Outstanding Investigator Award for his work as the lead task force officer for the Central California Financial Crimes Task Force

U.S. Attorney Wagner with Sacramento Police Detective Scott Maldonado, who received the Sacramento Division’s 2013 Outstanding Investigator Award for his work with the IRS Financial Crimes Task Force

U.S. Attorney Wagner with Elk Grove Police Chief Lehner and members of the his Department, which received the Sacramento Division's 2013 Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency Award for its enforcement of the drug laws

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U.S. Attorney Wagner meets with members of the California State University Sacramento Muslim Student Association on November 7, 2013

U.S. Attorney Wagner presents Timothy Johnstone with the Williams French Smith Award for Cooperative Law Enforcement

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U.S. Attorney Wagner, joined by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Talbert and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Quast, meeting with representatives of the Sacramento Mexican Consulate Rodrigo Baez and Guillermo Marquez


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U.S. Attorney Wagner and members of the Sikh Temple of West Sacramento after an award ceremony in which Wagner was recognized for his work with the Sikh community

 

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U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner and Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, and members of the Islamic Center of Mill Valley on August 23, 2013

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hemesath pictured with Sacramento Police Captain Schneider attending a National Night Out event in South Sacramento.  In all, representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office attended 27 National Night Out events in Sacramento and Fresno. Thank you to our gracious neighborhood hosts!

U.S. Attorney Wagner pictured attending the SALAM Center’s July 24th Iftar celebration.  Pictured left to right: Durriya Syed, Tom Bhe, Naeem Syed, Stephen Magagnini, U.S. Attorney Wagner

June 6, 2013 - United States Attorney Wagner announces $50.5 million in recoveries in connection with the Whiskey and Power Fires.  He was joined by Assistant United States Attorney Coleen Kennedy, Assistant United States Attorney Richard Elias and the trial teams for both fires

May 20, 2013 Hmong Event

U.S. Attorney Wagner speaking to members of the Hmong community during a forum held at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School, May 20, 2013

Community Outreach Specialist Sean Vassar, pictured wearing a traditional Sikh Turban, with members of a Sikh martial arts group at a Vaisakhi Celebration hosted by Amarjit Singh Grewal and the Anderson Sikh Center on May 4, 2013

U.S. Attorney Wagner being recognized by Attorney General Holder at Wagner’s final meeting as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee after serving on the committee for three years, May 2, 2013

U.S. Attorney Wagner and Chief of the Fresno Office of the U.S. Attorney Mark Cullers meeting with Hmong community leaders, outside the Fresno Center for New Americans

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Updated October 13, 2016